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What if You Can't Afford an Orlando Divorce Attorney?

Submitted by Jeff Miller.
Mon, 22 Oct 2012

When you are thinking about ending your marriage, you probably already know that it is important to have an Orlando divorce attorney representing you. After all, divorce can be a complex legal process that involves filing Florida divorce papers with the court as well as negotiating an agreement on dividing property and child custody.

Because it is very important to have an Orlando divorce attorney representing you as you end your marriage, it can be a cause for grave concern if you are going through the divorce process and don't believe you can afford a lawyer. If you find yourself in this situation, here are a few tips:

• Consider whether your spouse has the funds to pay for legal fees. In many cases, there is an income discrepancy in marriage where one spouse makes more money than the other. If this is the case and your spouse has the assets to afford a lawyer, you should be able to find an attorney who will work for you. As part of your divorce settlement agreement, your spouse can be required to pay for the fees for your attorney.
• Explore out-of-court options for a no-fault, uncontested divorce. While a judge has to sign off on your marriage dissolution and officially and legally end your marriage, the judge doesn't have to decide any of the issues associated with your divorce. If you can skip the courtroom battle over custody or marital property, divorce becomes much less expensive. In fact, you should be able to hire a lawyer to represent you in drafting the agreement and in filing the paperwork to have your marriage dissolved for a very reasonable cost. Some attorneys will even be willing to take on simple uncontested divorces on a flat fee basis.
• Consider a DIY divorce. These types of divorces involve you and your spouse drafting a divorce agreement on your own and presenting it to the judge. In many cases, you will want to purchase divorce forms or filing paperwork so you can have all of the documents you need. You can buy these forms and Florida divorce paperwork from a number of sources, but not all sources are the same. If you get your documents from a paralegal or divorce information website, rather than from a licensed attorney who offers divorce forms for purchase, you may not get all the paperwork you need. This can leave you coping with delays or even starting over from scratch in trying to end your marriage.

While all of these alternatives may be viable options if you are unable to afford an Orlando divorce attorney, you need to think carefully about whether it is a smart choice to pursue a divorce without legal representation. The impact of your divorce settlement is going to have far-reaching effects on your finances for years to come. You do not want to save a little bit of money on legal fees but give up a lot of what you could have gotten from a divorce settlement if you had been better informed of your rights during divorce.


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